This page contains links to the Church of England website and updates from Bishop David and Bishop Nicholas.

Church of England updates and information 

The Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury has provided some advice on marriages following the Government's decision not to allow any further marriages to take place until further notice due to the spread of Covid-19. Monday 6th April 2020.

Church Buildings - The national church has produced guidance on securing and caring for church buildings during the Covid-19 pandemic. This is aimed at incumbents, churchwardens and PCC members. 

The Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England have urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister and to stay at home: Monday 23rd March 2020

The letter from the Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England: Tuesday 24th March 2020

The letter from Archbishops Welby and Sentamu: Tuesday 17th March 2020

Church of England website (links to FAQ on weddings, funerals, baptisms etc).  

This page includes:

Guidance for churches on the following topics (the answers are on the page and are published as a list)

  • FAQ – Can Funerals still go ahead?
  • FAQ – Can Baptisms still go ahead?
  • FAQ – Can Weddings still go ahead?
  • FAQ – Will Food Banks have to close?
  • FAQ – Can we still live stream services?
  • FAQ – What about key workers?
  • FAQ – How will churches maintain contact, especially with the vulnerable?
  • FAQ – What should I do about my PCC or APCM meeting?
  • FAQ – What support is being offered centrally to parishes?

Resources - Church of England documents

Guidance on Spiritual Communion and Coronavirus

Guidance on mental health and wellbeing and Coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-10) Church buildings closed poster

Safeguarding and COVID-19 FAQ

Guidance for churches and cathedrals on access to their buildings for construction work during lockdown

Guidance for PCCs, incumbents and cathedral Chapters: opening church buildings for works to the building and interior

Resources - Diocese of Lincoln documents

Sustaining Giving during COVID-19. In this document you will find information on giving at the individual and church level as well as other online giving ideas. You can also read this on the Stewardship page of the website here.

Digital resources

The Church of England has produced a wide range of resources from weekly service broadcasts, daytime and night prayer service audio and a time to pray app, among many others. You can find all these via this page.

Updates from Bishop David and Bishop Nicholas

All the videos can be viewed both via these links and on the diocesan YouTube channel which also contains many other videos covering life in the diocese. 

Coronavirus update 21: Tuesday 19th May

A refection from Bishop David: Monday 18th May (video)

Coronavirus update 20: Thursday 14th May

Coronavirus update 19: Tuesday 12th May

A reflection from Bishop Nicholas: Monday 11th May (video)

oronavirus update 18: Thursday 7th May

Coronavirus update 17: Tuesday 5th May

A reflection from Bishop David: Tuesday 5th May (video)

Coronavirus update 16: Thursday 30th April

A reflection from Bishop Nicholas: Tuesday 28th April (video)

A reflection from Bishop David: Tuesday 21st April (video)

Coronavirus update 15: Wednesday 8th April

Coronavirus update 14: Monday 6th April

Coronavirus update 13: Friday 3rd April

Coronavirus update 12: Thursday 2nd April

Coronavirus update 11: Wednesday 1st April

Coronavirus update 10: Tuesday 31st March

Coronavirus update 9: Monday 30th March

Coronavirus update 8: Friday 27th March

Coronavirus update 7: Thursday 26th March 

Coronavirus update 6: Wednesday 25th March

Coronavirus update 5: Tuesday 24th March

A brief update from the Bishop's chaplain on behalf of Bishop David and Bishop Nicholas: Tuesday 24th March

Coronavirus update 4: Monday 23rd March

Coronavirus update 3: Friday 20th March

Coronavirus update 2: Thursday 19th March 

Coronavirus update 1: Wednesday 18th March

Guidance from the Diocesan Registry on marriage: Wednesday 18th March

Ad clerum: Tuesday 17th March 2020

The Bishops Office on Facebook

The bishops have a new Facebook page: Lincoln – Bishop's Office (@lincolnbishopsoffice) 

On this page there is a video message from Bishop David (posted on Monday, 30th March 2020), plus a video message from Bishop Nicholas. (The videos may also be found here.)

The Ven. Dr Justine Allain Chapman, Archdeacon of Boston, is offering a 'Resilience A to Z'. The author of The Resilient Disciple (SPCK, 2018) and Resilient Pastors (SPCK, 2012), the content may be found on the diocesan Facebook page.

Furlough of staff in the Diocesan Offices

To ensure that the Diocesan Central Services are able to continue providing a quality service and are able to protect jobs for the future, the LDTBF has made the decision to offer voluntary furlough to members of staff during the coronavirus outbreak. This will mean that certain members of staff will be placed on a leave of absence for up to 3 months, with 80% of their wages up to £2,500 per month, being covered by the government’s Job Retention Scheme. 

A list of staff who are still in place can be found here.

Becoming a different sort of church - online activities in the diocese

This story can be found on the diocesan website

An article on Becoming a 'different sort of church' (published Tuesday 24th March) which lists details of churches offering a live streamed service (those that we are aware of) and other community resources such as Coronavirus care lists where those in need can opt-in to receive a daily telephone call etc. 

The Community of St Hugh

This community has pledged to pray for the transformation of lives in Greater Lincolnshire. They would like to make their prayers specific and focused throughout this Coronavirus pandemic, and so are proposing a daily email containing the usual prayers (Collect of St Hugh, Diocesan prayer etc.) together with focused prayer requests for specific people in need, or particular projects in which our Churches are involved.

To do this, they need your help!

  • They need your prayer requests – please send them to [email protected]
  • They need your answers to prayer sent to the same email address.
  • If you are requesting prayer for particular individuals in need, please obtain their consent, or supply only their first names.
  • The emails will be sent to every member of the Community of St Hugh for whom they have an email address. If you do not wish to receive these daily emails, please confirm this by email and your name will be removed.

With social distancing and self-isolation kicking in, it is easy to lose sight of our own wellbeing, out of concern for others. We cannot hold prayer meetings, but we can:

  • Get outside for prayer-walks
  • Sit in the garden for reflection
  • Make contact with prayer partners through phone or video links
  • Get creative

The updates and the prayers can be read here (these will be refreshed each week):

Thursday 4 June

Wednesday 3 June

Tuesday 2 June

Board of Education

Messages and information issued by the Diocese of Lincoln Board of Education may be found here.